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    Lightbulb Recommend me a video editing program!

    I'm trying to edit a 1.5hr long video.

    This is for church, where recordings of the pastor has been made and proper sound is recorded not from the built-in microphones of the camera, but straight from the sound desk where the voice is much clearer and sounds a lot better.

    The problem is, the camera stops about 40 minutes into the video for some reason and continues to record the sermon sometime later (don't exactly know when) during the service. So I have 2 videos.

    What I need to do is to remove the original audio from both videos, and replace it with the better quality recorded one.

    BUT, iMovie is an extremely big hassle to use in this case as the videos obviously do not add up to the total time length of the 1.5 hour long quality soundtrack. What I can do is put a blank screen for the duration of the camera out time, but additionally, I need to cut out multiple specific portions of the good quality sound inside iMovie as well as its corresponding video.
    For the video part its easy, just trim and delete, but the sound requires cutting sound up to that point, insert the same soundtrack, delete the front parts, find where I am in the video and match the sound to the video. This process is repeated several times, as you can see it is extremely inefficient to edit such a simple video. It takes a ridiculous 8-10 hours just to do this.

    I'm looking for someone to recommend me a video editing program that can easily match video to sound by allowing the imported sound to run as a whole. Meaning that the sound does not stop as soon as the video clip finishes like iMovie does, that the video is moved around the inputted sound if you know what I mean.

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    Final Cut Pro and soundtrack
    Mac Pro1,1 4x2.66 (octocore), 10GB ram & ATI 4870 1GB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryanlim10 View Post
    I'm trying to edit a 1.5hr long video.

    This is for church, where recordings of the pastor has been made and proper sound is recorded not from the built-in microphones of the camera, but straight from the sound desk where the voice is much clearer and sounds a lot better.

    The problem is, the camera stops about 40 minutes into the video for some reason and continues to record the sermon sometime later (don't exactly know when) during the service. So I have 2 videos.

    What I need to do is to remove the original audio from both videos, and replace it with the better quality recorded one.

    BUT, iMovie is an extremely big hassle to use in this case as the videos obviously do not add up to the total time length of the 1.5 hour long quality soundtrack. What I can do is put a blank screen for the duration of the camera out time, but additionally, I need to cut out multiple specific portions of the good quality sound inside iMovie as well as its corresponding video.
    For the video part its easy, just trim and delete, but the sound requires cutting sound up to that point, insert the same soundtrack, delete the front parts, find where I am in the video and match the sound to the video. This process is repeated several times, as you can see it is extremely inefficient to edit such a simple video. It takes a ridiculous 8-10 hours just to do this.

    I'm looking for someone to recommend me a video editing program that can easily match video to sound by allowing the imported sound to run as a whole. Meaning that the sound does not stop as soon as the video clip finishes like iMovie does, that the video is moved around the inputted sound if you know what I mean.
    As a working editor I always feel it is best to firstly ask a pertinent question.
    What is your budget for the software you want?
    Answer that I can suggest something that will do the job there are many choices but it all depends on how much you want to spend and your level of technical knowledge about video itself.

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    decryption's Avatar decryption is offline Kenny Powders

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    Use the audio sync feature in Final Cut Pro X: How to sync video with professional audio in Final Cut Pro X: the DSLR workflow | Premiumbeat.com

    Piece of cake man, I do it almost daily.

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    I'll +1 Decryption's suggestion, FCPX is cheap and powerful.
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    decryption's Avatar decryption is offline Kenny Powders

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    Actually, if the OP doesn't want to buy FCPX, you can use Plural Eyes to sync the clips & audio, then import the XML file it creates into iMovie (iMovie supports FCP XML imports, yeah?)

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    The other benefit of FCPX is you can download a free 30 day trial.

    That way you don't have to worry about the costs, unless you wanted to use it for other things at a later time. (try before you buy)

    Apple - Final Cut Pro X - Trial

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    Cheers for the reply guys, my budget is less than $100, it's not much but I couldn't imagine the video editing itself would be such a complex task.

    Anyways, is there a cheaper alternative to Final Cut Pro X?

    And is it's free trial a full unlocked version?

    Thanks guys.

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    Steve_D's Avatar Steve_D is offline Hold on.... Let me Google that for you.

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    Basically the cheaper alternative to FCPX is iMovie (free with Macs)

    But it wont handle cutting 1.5 hrs of footage very well, if at all. (its designed for shorter clips) where as FCPX can handle multiple hours and multiple cameras worth of footage.

    The trial version of FCPX is the fully unlocked version it just expires after 30 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryanlim10 View Post
    Cheers for the reply guys, my budget is less than $100, it's not much but I couldn't imagine the video editing itself would be such a complex task.

    Anyways, is there a cheaper alternative to Final Cut Pro X?

    And is it's free trial a full unlocked version?

    Thanks guys.
    Premiere elements by adobe is your best bet its 84.99 on the apple app store and should do the job well. here is a direct link to buy it https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/adob...63401023?mt=12
    Here is a video tutorial of how to do the job yr after in premiere How to Sync Audio and Video in Premiere Pro - YouTube

    hope that helps and good luck

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